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Drawn from years of intensive research, The Elements of Journalism spells out–both for those who create and those who consume the news–the principles and responsibilities of journalism. The newly updated material on current media trends addresses the rise of blogging and online media, coverage of 9/11 and the Iraq war, and the many recent scandals in journalism. This is, more than ever, simply the most comprehensive book of its kind.
"The most important book on the relationship of journalism and democracy published in the last fifty years." — Roy Peter Clark, The Poynter Institute
“What this book does better than any single book on media history, ethics, or practice is weave [together] why media audiences have fled and why new technology and megacorporate ownership are putting good journalism at risk.” –Rasmi Simhan, Boston Globe
“Kovach and Rosenstiel’s essays are concise gems, filled with insights worthy of becoming axiomatic…The book should become essential reading for journalism professionals and students and for the citizens they aim to serve.” –Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review
“The Elements of Journalism is written for journalists, but any citizen who wonders why the news seems trivial or uninspiring should read it.” –Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press